Amber & Dusk by Lyra SeleneAmber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk

byLyra Selene

Hardcover | November 27, 2018

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Lyra Selene weaves a lush and thrilling story of sacrifice, secrets, and star-crossed love set in a Parisian-inspired world where the sun never sets in this remarkable YA fantasy debut.

Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.

So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.

But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to seize what should be her rightful place, she'll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.

An extraordinary, vividly rendered YA debut.

Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at painting. She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s pro...
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Title:Amber & DuskFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.53 × 5.83 × 1.21 inPublished:November 27, 2018Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1338210033

ISBN - 13:9781338210033

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Formulaic but Memorable! Amber & Dusk is a real treat for fantasy lovers. It's a tale of danger, deceit and defiance. Though the story can feel formulaic at times the characters were memorable and the writing's beautiful. "Regret changes nothing. Only action can undo the ravages of the past." (p. 301). If I can only say one thing about Amber & Dusk it would be the prose is breathtaking. "...where shadows spawned secrets and justice was a kind of farce. Hope smeared sunlit colors against my heart..." (p. 247). The story took time to get into so it wasn't the most fast-paced read. The slower pacing definitely worked in favour of the storyline as it gave me more time to take in the elegant wording since I sometimes found them hard to absorb in one go. As an avid YA reader one thing I noticed about Amber & Dusk was how it stuck close to typical YA plots: a heroine who didn't know exactly how special she was being thrust into court life while trained by a kind mentor and subtly pining for a cruel yet intriguing royalty which ultimately leads her to facing off with an evil ruler. (Did I miss anything?) Although all of the above were present in Amber & Dusk they felt different enough to keep me hooked. I loved the politics, the legacies, the mysteries and the actions. "There were many kinds of danger. And there were worse things than facing it." (p. 6). I admire Sylvie. Her natural instincts and ambitious nature helped her navigate and survive tough situations. She's full of herself but at the same time she knows right from wrong. "Wanting something badly enough doesn't make it real. And it certainly doesn't make it right." (p. 276). Her stubborn resolve and unabashed attitude led to some delicious confrontations with her love interest. In regards to their romance- I liked it but it barely began in Amber & Dusk so I will reserve further thoughts for now. Amber & Dusk was marked as a standalone when I started reading it but I believe there is a sequel in the making now. The story does have an unfinished feel to it so I'm happy! I'll definitely be picking up the next book when the time comes. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not affected in any way. All quotes were taken from the copy I received.*
Date published: 2018-12-17

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I wasn't highborn. Or if I was, whoever sired me disowned me, dumping me in the shadows at the edge of the world like I was worthless. The thought stoked the ember of rage burning always within me, a bright kernel hard and polished as a ruby.When I opened my hands illusions spilled out, beautiful and terrible and impossible to control.Trees of kembric, draped in garlands of jewels.Bouquets of skyflowers.Bracelets of stars.I wasn't worthless. I wasn't an aberration, a freak, a monster. I was a legacy.I ran away from the Temple of the Scion because I knew I deserved better than merely being tolerated. Much as I'd tried to follow in their footsteps when I was young, I had never belonged with the Sisters, and they had certainly never loved me. They had taught me many things: that to laugh too loudly in the presence of the Scion was a sin, and that the bruises and scrapes inflicted by the ignorant village kids were my own fault, and that dreaming of anything outside the dank walls of the temple was too dangerous to be allowed.They had taught me that being alive was not the same thing as living.They had tried to stop me from leaving, when I finally fled. They had burned the Imperial Insignia and tried to lock me in my room, panic churning their studied tranquility into chaos. But I'd escaped. Jagged satisfaction tinged with guilt burned through me when I remembered how I'd repaid a lifetime of their indifference.But I deserved the chance to find where I belonged. To find a world where my gift -- my legacy -- did not frighten superstitious Sisters or enrage cruel children. To find a world forged in sunlight and honed on dreams, as perilous and intoxicating as the colors spilling jewel-bright from my fingertips.